What's Happening!

  • ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT BIENNIAL COMMISSION

    Every other year Clubbed Thumb invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. The application is open to all, and read blind. The winning proposal(s) receive (or split) a $15,000 award and two years of development support. Today (December 22, 2021) we are pleased to announce our next Biennial Commission: Your Community Theater. CLICK HERE to read the prompt

  • MEET THE ARTISTS IN OUR 21/22 EARLY-CAREER INCUBATOR PROGRAMS

    We’re excited to be back in-person with two new cohorts of writers and directors – read about those groups HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for information about how to get to know their work. And we’re also thrilled to have a new Producing Fellow—Gabby Farrah—on our team. Welcome Gabby!

  • EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP READING SERIES

    We’re pleased to introduce you to the work of the 16 playwrights who made up the last two cohorts of our Early-Career Writers’ Group – all of whom chose to postpone their readings until we could safely gather in person.

    It’s a tightly-packed schedule of two plays per day, Tuesday through Friday, October 5th through 15th at the Wild Project. We are excited to finally get to celebrate these writers and hope you can join us – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

  • THE WOMAN'S PARTY IS NOW CLOSED

    Our three-part digital adaptation of Rinne B. Groff’s THE WOMAN’S PARTY, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad is now closed. Thank you to the many many artists who took part in making it, and to everyone who tuned in! It was a wild experiment, and we are very proud of the outcome.

  • OUR NEW ANTHOLOGY - ON SALE NOW

    We’ve been eager to put out a second anthology since Funny, Strange, Provocative was published in 2007, and the last year finally provided us with the time to take on this long-awaited project. We are thrilled to announce that Unusual Stories, Unusually Told, published by Bloomsbury/Methuen, is now available!

    In it you’ll find seven Clubbed Thumb plays that span 18 years of our history, as well as essays and interviews about the work, and the often atypical processes that led to their productions.

    Read more about the book and get your discounted copy (and our first anthology) HERE

  • THE WOMAN'S PARTY IS A NY TIMES CRITIC'S PICK!

    Jesse Green writes: “With wit, a light hand, and even occasional raggedness…The Woman’s Party is bracing political theater.” CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REVIEW

  • EAT YOUR FEELINGS - three short videos about taking care of ourselves and each other

    Over the past few months we’ve been commissioning Clubbed Thumb artists to make short videos while we wait for theaters to re-open. We’re pleased to bring you the first installment of this initiative, a series created by Directing Fellowship alumnae Kate HopkinsKate Eminger and Caitlin Sullivan.

    It began as a chance to check-in with various CT artists during the pandemic – but quickly became a much deeper investigation of our community, of how we rely on one another, and how we might rebuild and reimagine a better future. This first episode features actress, playwright and good friend Crystal Finn cooking with her daughter Delphina (follow along from home with the recipe on the left).


    The series also features an organization which started in March to address food insecurity in New York – EV Loves NYC. Their work is crucial and ongoing, and we hope the videos inspire you to spread the word about what they do, volunteer and donate. They need our help.

    Click here to learn more & donate to EV Loves NYC

    And stay tuned for two more episodes, featuring Chinaza Uche & Caitlin Zoz and Mel Ng – as well as more commissioned work from a variety of Clubbed Thumb artists, coming soon to CT/TV!

  • What the Constitution Means to Me streaming on Amazon Prime, starting October 16th

    Though the national tour is on hold, you can still catch Heidi Schreck’s beloved play (which originated in Summerworks 2017) before the election.

    Filmed during their last week on Broadway, and directed for the screen by Marielle Heller, What the Constitution Means to Me will stream on Amazon Prime beginning October 16th.

SUMMERWORKS 2005

100 Aspects of the Moon

by Ethan Lipton
directed by Emma Griffin

With Joanna P. Adler, Gibson Frazier, Kate Hampton, Tim Kang, Matthew Maher, April Matthis, Chris Wells

Sets by Tom Gleeson
Costumes by David Zinn
Lights by Mark Barton
Sound by Emily Wright

Inspired by the work of 19th-century woodblock-printmaker Yoshitoshi, One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is a very sad comedy about the regularly scheduled failings of humanity. Deep-seeded resentment, lousy communication and misplaced love and violence ensue.

May 8 – 14, 2005

Madame Killer

by Honour Kane with Diana Kane
directed by Wier Harman

With Marsha Stephanie Blake, Aedin Moloney, Maria Porter, Jonathan Rose, Mark Shanahan, Melinda Wade

Sets by Susan Barras
Costumes by Katherine Hampton Noland
Lights by Paul Whitaker
Composer Paul Loesel

A Gothic noir about Ann Lohman, who was a paradigm of capitalism, worth millions … but she had secrets. This fair doctor owned a black book filled with incriminating evidence about all the women she serviced over the years, striking fear in both rich and poor if this information ever got out!

May 15 – 21, 2005

Dearest Eugenia Haggis

by Ann Marie Healy
directed by Melissa Kievman

With Matthew Cowles, Caitlin MillerMara Stephens

Sets by Raul Abrego
Costumes by Anne Kenney
Lights by Josh Epstein
Sound by Shane Rettig

A heartbreaking and extremely funny tale of three misfits scrambling for the scraps of love in the frozen outskirts.

May 22 – 28, 2005